The extract below comes from an article written by Elin Roos, a postdoctoral researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and initially published on the FCRN website. The link to the full paper is here.
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So for the final blog of this month, I will be looking at
the potential of legumes to aid with livestock production from pasture based
systems. There is a well-known debate that
rears its head in the media from time to time about meat consumption and
methane emissions and how we should all be reducing our meat consumption to
reduce the effects of climate change and reduce emissions.
Management strategies to reduce enteric methane emissions can be categorised into three sections, forage utilisation, feed additives and improved production efficiencies.
This report has been released from the livestock research group of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse gases and the Sustainable Agriculture Initi
So following on from the other blog this week on research that has been taking place in the UK looking at dietary strategies to reduce GHG emissions from livestock, it seems like a good idea so see what other clever scientists around the world are looking at. As nutrition and strategies for reducing emissions from livestock are so important, not surprisingly there has been a great focus into seeing whether there are any magic compounds or feeding strategies that can help address the emissions concerns.
Dairy farming is responsible for a significant release of GHGs from various aspects along the production process. Globally the dairy sector contributes 4% of total anthropogenic GHG emissions. Most of these emissions are from the biological processes that underpin the daily rhythms of the cow, such as feeding and dunging and are inherent in the production of milk.
With the festive season upon us, and with us all turning our attention to the meals that we will be having towards the end of the month, here at FCCT we thought that we would focus on livestock diets and the effect that diets have on greenhouse gas emissions.
Central to the debate around climate change and agriculture has been livestock’s contribution to emissions. Livestock play a part in agriculture’s carbon footprint; this fact is indisputable but the production of livestock brings many benefits to the UK food chain.